Monday, June 15, 2009


On a very red building in one of my favorite squares in Copenhagen, Gråbrødre Torv (Grey Monks Square) this sign is placed over a door. Translated to English it says:

The first stone
I have laid
Why I thank the Lord
What the fire have devoured
The Lord again have given
BKL 1732

This area was destroyed in a big fire in 1728, but hastily rebuild so that it's now a really nice square, lined with original houses from the middle 18th Century. In the center of the square is a big chestnut tree and some great restaurants can be found here, among them the (in Denmark) famous Peder Oxe.

The square got its name from the old Franciscan monastery that lay here from 1238 until 1530 were it was closed because of the excesses and life of luxury of these so-called beggar monks.